2008-06-27 / Community

The Best Catch Of All

Anthony Graciano on his boat holding the newly caught fish. Anthony Graciano on his boat holding the newly caught fish. Anthony Graciano grew up in Rockaway Park. He learned how to fish from his grandfather, Papa Tom, a World War II veteran, who taught him how to hook bait, and reel in the fish. Graciano later moved to New Jersey, bought his own boat and taught himself where all the best spots were located and the nature of the tide. Last Thursday, June 12, Graciano believed that there was no hope for a good catch, dreaming about the days he used to fish in Jamaica Bay with Pop. While reminiscing, the line began to pull and Graciano reeled in the largest fish, weighing 55 pounds. After he reeled it in, he thanked his grandfather.

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